Meet Jessica Pardoe, Britain’s tallest girl. Exclusive Featureworld story in the SUNDAY MIRROR and DAILY MAIL.
When Jessica Pardoe contacted me through my sell my story website I knew immediately she had a fantastic story – for incredibly Jessica, 18, is an amazing 6ft 9″ in her stocking feet. That is two inches taller than lanky England striker Peter Crouch.
But although she does have to duck through doorways, Jessica likes being tall – and after going to a recent music festival where everyone wanted to have their photo taken with her – she decided it was time to speak out about it.
Jessica takes after her parents – her mum is just over 6ft tall and dad is 6ft 7″. Naturally her height does cause some difficulties – fitting into a car for driving lessons for example. She also has to buy many clothes and shoes (she has size 11 feet) from specialist internet shops. However, she has had boyfriends and enjoys being a little bit different.
After appearing in the Sunday Mirror newspaper, I then arranged for Jessica to appear in the Daily Mail.
On Mailonline her story gained loads of fantastic comments – most of them saying how stunning and beautiful she is. And to those people who asked if she has a beautiful personality to match, I can say she definitely has!
I am now in the process of speaking to TV, documentary makers and magazines regarding further publicity for Jessica.
Do you have an amazing record-breaking story to tell the world? Email me here Sell your story.
Newly qualified nurse Ashleigh tells how she raised the alarm at care home in the SUNDAY MIRROR newspaper at the weekend.
Many people watched in horror the shocking scenes of abuse from care home Winterbourne View, shown on BBC Panorama’s last week. They were taken after an undercover BBC reporter went into the home with a secret camera and showed residents – mostly young people with learning difficulties – being kicked punched and taunted by staff.
Four arrests have since been made and an inquiry launched into how this was ever allowed to go on.
But following the programme last week I was contacted at Featureworld by Ashleigh, 25.
And incredibly she has revealed how as well as whistleblower Terry Bryan, a senior nurse, she too also raised the alarm because she was worried about how patients were treated.
Yet despite raising her concerns with managers dozens of times and going to the Care Quality Commission, she was ignored and nothing was done.
In the end, Ashleigh felt she could no longer carry on working at the home and in December she left. But she and Terry met with reporters from BBC’s Panorama who then went in and managed to secure the footage that proved just how bad the abuse was.
Ashleigh says: “I worked there for three months soon after qualifying and saw things you can’t imagine. The Panorama programme was overwhelming to watch. No-one listened to me but I do not want the world to forget this.
“I just hope telling my story will encourage others to come forward if they ever see such abuse. It is the only way we can ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
Are you a whistleblower? Do you want to expose a scandal to the world? If so, do contact me here: I want to tell my story.
Considering selling a story to a magazine or newspaper? While the vast majority of journalists are bona-fide and just want you to be happy when you sell your story, as in all professions there are always the rogues.
So if you do want to sell your story, here’s My Five Selling Your Story safely rules…and some words of warning…
Ensure you want to sell your story in the first place. If you do, then focus on doing it properly and if you’re considering an offer, don’t dither. News moves fast and if you take too long, everyone will have moved onto the next big thing. If you don’t want to sell your story, say so politely and firmly.
Don’t let strangers into your home – the journo might seem delightful, the poor photographer might have waited for hours outside your house in the rain. But do you really know who they are, how your story will be written and where it will go? And even if you do want to sell your story, selling it this way is not controlled.
Only talk to a journalist once you have established which newspaper, magazine or agency they represent. Then stick their name into Google and check what they say. If they claim to represent a publication, and you can’t find anything about them, ring the publication up and ask them.
Agree to an interview once you have sorted the basics. These are which newspaper or magazine, how much money (if it’s not paid at least you go ahead knowing that) and can your story be sold on (syndicated) without your consent (preferably not.) What is the angle of the story and will your quotes be read back?
Get it in writing. Any bona fide agent or journalist will be able to produce a basic contract outlining the above.
And watch out for the ‘scams’…
* Speaking to ‘harmless’ local newspapers who unbeknown to you sell your story to the national press – you won’t be aware of it until you wake up next day and see your story everywhere. And as local papers can rarely afford to pay for a story, you won’t get a penny.
* Signing up to an agreement, which has the words ‘up to in it’ – so legally ‘up to’ can mean they can pay you as little as they want.
* Emailing your story and photos to faceless and nameless sell your story websites. Maybe they’re shy, and they might well be fine, but who knows who they are.
* Doing a full chat and photos with an agency for a one-off (often, small) fee – before they have found your a deal with a named newspaper or magazine. One woman came to me this week after receiving a tiny amount of money for her ‘time’. Her story had then been printed in every single national newspaper and she even went on TV – to find when she asked there was no extra cash. Her story was precious and she was very upset. She wanted my advice but there is no point in being wise after the event.
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Sell my Story website Featureworld has been registering a record number of hits recently!
Firstly my story about Natalie’s little pot of eczema cream caused a frenzy of purchasers beating a path to her door. This story appeared in the Daily Mail. Natalie and daughter Lula, for whom Natalie orginally made the cream, then appeared on ITV’s Daybreak. Following this they were featured in the Sunday Express this weekend. I have also gained them further deals with two huge weekly women’s magazines.
Natalie said: “After the story appeared we did almost half a year’s normal business in three days. We have been inundated. Alison warned me when she took our story on that we would see a huge surge in business. My only mistake was not listening to her as we have worked absolutely flat out to ensure everyone has got their pots.”
Myself and the Daily Mail also took huge volumes of calls and emails about Natalie’s cream, which due to publicity gained by Featureworld, she now hopes to sell in a huge store such as Boots.
Meanwhile, Mary’s story about how she has devised a diet for hairloss – and which has also appeared through Featureworld in the Daily Mail (and shortly to appear in a top women’s mag) – has also meant record numbers of visitors to her website. And from 7th April Mary’s new book, My New Hair, will be available. Her brand new book is full of diet plans to treat alopecia and baldness is available with a special pre-order price here.
Dr Bryan Beattie
Dr Bryan Beattie came to me with his story about the new test he is pioneering to predict which babies will be born prematurely. Since this story appeared in the Daily Mirror and on ITV’s Daybreak, Bryan has seen an upturn in sales for the test, available from his private clinic, Innermost Secrets.
Other recently sold stories: Sell Your Story Archives
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What’s it really like to open a national newspaper or magazine and see a photo of yourself staring back? Three months ago I was contacted by Vanessa Finn to sell her story about her love-rat husband. Today I go back and see how the sell my story experience was for Vanessa…
When Vanessa’s Sergeant Major husband’s Alan had an affair, their marriage ended. And she was then fined by the MoD for moving out of their army home too slowly.
What made you decide to sell your story?
I was feeling very frustrated over the acrimonious break-up of my marriage and my family’s treatment by the MOD. I was researching the possibility of selling my story when I came across Feature World on the internet. I emailed my story to Alison and was contacted very quickly.
Were you nervous about selling a story?
I have had some previous contact with journalists and was wary of the possible outcomes. However, I instantly felt comfortable talking to Alison and really surprised that she gave my story credibility.
Your story was placed with the Daily Mail – how did that go?
I was incredibly nervous and still not sure I was doing the right thing. On the day of publication I was a wreck!! But then the messages of support came in and the attitude and goodwill of others was amazing, I was really touched by it all. I was so pleased and then Alison found me another deal, so my story was then published in a magazine too.
Any advice for others about to sell a story?
I would recommend that anyone contemplating selling a story should think very hard first and be sure that you are doing it for the right reasons. I’m glad that I went through Featureworld as I don’t think I would have had such sympathetic but unbiased advice from other agencies. I feel that the whole process has made me stronger and much more confident.
Any other update?
I‘ve heard my story is now being used in Army welfare meetings as a briefing tool. And it does appear that thanks to this story, a more sympathetic approach from the MoD is to be fostered. So it seems it has raised awareness. I’m chuffed and so happy something good has come out of this.”
You might imagine most people sell a story to make some money – and the more cash they sell a story for, the better.
But I have always maintained that while as a media agent, selling an interviewee’s story to gain them money is my job – and I find interviewees do want to be paid fairly for selling a personal story – I rarely find it is the their only motivation.
For some people, the motivation can be simply getting their story in print – for others, it might be promoting their business. But for many people that come to Sell My Story website Featureworld, top of their list is sharing their story to gain awareness.
Mum of two Lucy Hayes is typical. Lucy’s story about how she is fighting a brain tumour was printed in the Daily Mirror and I know for her it was important she got her story out there to give hope to others. So I was delighted to receive this via the Featureworld Facebook page.
Mrs M wrote: “I am recently diagnosed with a non cancerous meningioma. I thank you so much for your recent story in the daily mirror. I am waiting to see the neurologist but I have been on edge since it was first spotted. I don’t know my prognosis but obviously I am worried. Reading Lucy’s story has given me hope as I was writing my will amongst other things. Can you give her my details as I would be very interested in talking to Lucy. Thank you very much”
And following another recent story – Sara Hornsey, an ambulance worker, who was paralysed after a swine flu vaccine – I received several requests to speak with Sara from others who’ve experienced the same thing. Again, Sara told her story in the Daily Mail primarily to warn others.
Ms T emailed me: “Thank you so much for publicising Sara’s story – at last i know what i had / have wrong with me … I cannot thank you enough for getting Sara’s story the exposure it deserves. Please pass on this email and my very best wishes to Sara… Thank you again – Very best regards to you both.”
Needless to say all emails are passed to interviewees – proof that such publicity can be so helpful to others. And of course the bonus is going through a media agent means you will always be paid as well!
To discuss selling your story, and what you hope to achieve from selling a story, contact me here: Sell my Story inquiry
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Real life story about growing up with two dads is printed in THE SUN newspaper today.
With the birth of Elton John and David Furnish’s son Zachary, this story in The Sun today is very topical. After all, what is it like to be a gay man bringing up a child and how is life for that child? Matt was just 11 when his dad Steve told him he was gay. Until then, Matt had lived with his married dad and mum and his three siblings. But shortly after dad Steve came out, the marriage ended. Matt’s mum moved out of the family home, and although Matt and his three siblings still saw her regularly, they remained with dad Steve. Meanwhile, Steve’s partner moved in.
Suffice to say, life hasn’t been easy. The family were targeted by some who believed it was wrong for children to be brought up by two gay men and the abuse got so bad, at one point they were forced to move house.
But, despite this, Matt, now 22 and living with his fiancee and baby daughter, speaks movingly of his relationship with his dad, whom he describes as someone who’s always been there for him and whom he can always go to for advice.
And Steve, who runs a gay dads website, points out just because you’re gay does not mean you won’t want a family yourself and won’t be a good parent. That said, he does warn Elton and David that however much they try to protect their son, and however much money they have, there will be a time when Zachary will come up against prejudice because his parents are gay.
However, gay parenting is definitely on the rise and is set to become more common in the future. Once, Steve was mostly giving advice to men who were already dads when they came out. But now he reports an upturn in enquiries to his website from gay male couples seeking advice on having their own families.